Annual Medieval Festival back at Herstmonceux Castle


England’s Medieval Festival at Herstmonceux Castle is in its 24th year and is the biggest event of its kind in the UK.

The event runs from August 27 to 29 and visitors can attend for a day on camp for the whole weekend.

Organisers promise visitors will be surrounded by the sights, smells and excitement of medieval times. Realistic historical battles, jousting, performers, horses, archery, music, traditional crafts, eating, drinking, shopping and day-to-day life of the past.

Herstmonceux Castle is a fairy tale setting for a totally different family weekend.

Wizards, jesters, knights, dragons and princesses await the kids.

Guests can enjoy medieval glamping, standard camping in the castle grounds, or even a real bed in the onsite B&B. Or just come for the day.

With so much to see and do, it’s easy to see why so many guests return year after year, and now bring their own children to share the magic. Grandparents, babies and even the pet dog are welcome.

Highlights of the weekend include full armour jousting shows twice a day, musical entertainment, daily grand parades, battles and an evening torch lit procession.

There will also be entertainment from minstrels, magicians, jesters and jugglers.

There will be bird of prey displays, daily theatre, dance and storytelling.

Kids’ Kingdom includes drum, sword, circus, jester schools, archery, medieval bushcraft, pony rides, puppet theatre and shows, medieval skittles and crafts, campfire storytelling and star-gazing.

Hundreds of traditional craftsmen, traders and workshops will set up for the weekend. They will offer chain mailing, iron work, wood weaving, blacksmith forging, calligraphy, brass rubbing, candle making, stone carving

In the evening, there will be an outdoor cinema, fire shows, medieval skittles and a wooden ferris wheel

A range of refreshments will be on offer, including a range of craft ales, ciders and mead at the Buxom Wench and Jester Taverns. Traditional food including hogs roasting over open coals and a medieval evening banquet in the castle will be available

There is the option to camp, glamp or stay in the on site B&B for the weekend.

Those that stay overnight will be able to enjoy the evening entertainment with Nobel Jacks as headline act for this year’s festival with their warm electro-acoustic interactions fused together with upbeat folky rhythms.

Closing the festival, house band Portcullis will bring the tent down with their distinct sound led by Lord and Lady Avallah.

For more informatin or to book tickets for the Bank Holdiday event this weekend visit

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